WEEK #24
5 to 12 May 2020

Greetings fellow readers. You may have guessed it, but this edition of Six Heartbeats is going to be different. As we slowly return to something akin to normal life, another tragedy, usually hidden from the comfort of our lives has gained momentary relevance. Structural racism is prevalent in our society, the legacy of colonialism is still immense, people die every day for racist causes. And it not only occurs in the US, but inmigrants and minorities also suffer from it in Spainin Europe, every single day.

We won't ever be able to never understand how life is for unprivileged human beings. This release of the newsletter is not meant to signal virtue or to put ourselves among the allies. But we believe in social justice, and that we should deconstruct ourselves from colonialism, racism and other -isms, and doing that is a life-spanning process which requires constant work, not only this week, not only this month but every day of our lives.

We want to share some pieces of culture, on the broad sense, that have been important in our deconstruction process in the hope they help someone else. We also want to share some artistic initiatives that we believe merit support. It's at the bottom of our hearts that we don't forget this in a few weeks.  

/ Virginia & Jacobo ✊🏾

👀 An art exhibition

I Am... Contemporary Women Artists of Africa

🇺🇸 US, 2020. While this exhibition draws its name from the 1970s song, it highlights a more contemporary feminism that is not based on any single narrative of womanhood, but explores the vital contributions of women to numerous issues including the environment, identity, politics, race, sexuality, social activism, faith, and more.

🎧 A piece of music

Cultures of Soul

🌈 Cultures of Soul is a record label focused on rediscovering old music from all places around the globe, funk, disco, Brazilian, jazz, afro-beat, you name it. They are participating in Bandcamp's 5th of June special, donating all of their sells to the NAACP.

🌍 A cultural happening

The Black Power Mixtape 1967 - 1975

✊🏿 A documentary tracing the evolution of the Black Power movement featuring archival footage of Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale and Abiodun Oyewole.

🎟 A live concert

Harlem Cultural Festival, 1969

🎺 In 1969, six free concerts were held in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, NY. The lineup was over the roof: BB King, Max Roach, Huge Masekela, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, and more. Video recordings of Nina Simone and Sly & the Family Stone are kept in the vaults of internet.

🧠 Some food for thought

The 1619 project

🌎 A colossal project exposing the legacy of slavery in American society. It also places black Americans as the real enablers of Democracy. The series of articles explain the racist origins of many American institutions: from the health service to the overcrowded prison system. Historic and historical, a definitive reading to comprehend American society and the actual world we live in.

🙃 A party to dance and relish

RA.730 Mike Servito

🖤 Mike Servito serves up a mix filled up of Detroit and Chicago party and resistance classic anthems.
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